Today is Steve McQueen's 80's birthday. He was well-known for his love of automobiles, planes and motorcycles. His car/ bike collection was quite large but unlike other celebrity car/motorcycle collectors, he raced some himself.
He also did most of stunt driving in his movies. A lot of young kids scrapped their motorcycles trying to emulate the jump McQueen's character did in "The Great Escape", but the jump was done by his friend/ stunt man -Bud Ekins . The studio did not let McQueen do the jump.
McQueen's popularity is still strong, there are many many products that carries his name, such as Matisse "McQueen" desert racer, and Bell Steve McQueen replica Helmet. Maybe his estate or Chad is needing money...
He was inducted in AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.